Maine Sporting Camp


A diverse coalition of sporting camp owners from across the state dedicated to keeping the Maine sporting tradition alive for future generations.

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The Maine sporting camp tradition started over a century ago, long before L.L. Bean pulled on his first pair of boots. In fact, some camps have remained in the same family for generations and have guests who return year after year, even generation after generation. While these guests' grandparents may have traveled by railroad, steam boat, horse-drawn wagon or canoe, this generation has access by float planes or gravel logging roads. Camps in Maine vary from those in very remote areas to just outside of town; from rustic log cabins without electricity to updated places with all the amenities. Nearly all camps provide canoe and motor boat rentals, and many will offer the services of knowledgable Maine Guides.

The traditional "American plan" is the backbone of the sporting camp experience; the American plan treats sports to three hearty meals each day in the dining room of the camp's main lodge. Over breakfast, sports plan their day and get advice from other parties, guides, and lodge owners. Over dinner, they spin tales about the one that got away, filling the dining room with laughter and frivolity. The camaraderie of the American plan can't be overstated; friendships formed in sporting camp dining rooms sometimes turn into life-long relationships.

The Maine Sporting Camp Association was founded in 1987 by a group of concerned camp owners whose purpose was to preserve the sporting camp's uniqueness in the State of Maine. By working closely with other groups and exchanging ideas and information, the members of Maine Sporting Camps Association continue the tradition of providing the highest quality of recreational experience to individuals and their families, a quality experience that visitors will remember long after they return home.